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My front breaks jam up

When I press down on the breaks, and then lift up the pressure, the breaks don't release and feel stiff, but eventually go up. It's a 1998 Mazda Protege. It's the front wheel breaks that stiffen up.

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This is the problem with hydraulic brakes line or the hydraulic brake system
is causing this problem in car ....

Good luck....

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